Toronto Police was the top fundraiser in this year’s Wounded Warriors Canada Walk for the Wounded event.
The eight teams comprising Military members and First Responders walked from Canadian Forces Base Petawawa to Parliament Hill on September 4 and 5, totaling 175 kilometers.
Each team member walked 42 kilometers with a 20-pound weighted vest.
The Toronto Police team comprised of Constables Craig Dickie, Michael So, Tanya Cross, Natalia Epperson and Laurie McCann.
“Every hour, we stopped and did 22 pushups,” said McCann. “The number 22 represents the amount of American Veterans that die from suicide each day.”
The team has raised $15,000 so far.
“We are not finished yet as we still have donations coming in,” added McCann, who assigned to 52 Division.
Part of the funds – $5,000 – raised came from the Toronto Police Military Veterans Association and the TPS Community Partnership & Engagement Unit from the Military Veteran Epaulette sales. Toronto Police Service members bought epaulettes and pins in army green camouflage to wear in November. It honours the service of military veterans as well as recognizes the need to break down stigma around mental health for military members.
Team Captain Craig Dickie, who joined the Service in 1999, spent 23 years with the Canadian Armed Forces.
“When I saw a couple of Army buddies in Ottawa post something about the event, I thought it was something that we should be part of,” he said. “Raising money for Wounded Warriors Canada is a great cause. When I reached out to the organizers and learned there was space for more teams, I decided to put one together.”
These efforts will make a difference and allow Wounded Warriors Canada to continue to honour the fallen and help the living
The proceeds raised will be used to ensure Wounded Warriors Canada can continue to provide their life-changing, and family-saving mental health programs for our ill and injured Veterans, First Responders and their families.
Over $36,000 was raised in last year’s event, surpassing the $22,000 goal.
“These efforts will make a difference and allow Wounded Warriors Canada to continue to honour the fallen and help the living,” said Dickie.